External monitor for my iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by shoolie, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. shoolie macrumors member

    May 15, 2008
    I want to use my hdtv as an external monitor with my iMac, to be used as an extended desktop so I can view movies (using front row) I have saved on my iMac on the tv while still being able to use my iMac for other things.

    Which adapters would I need to make this happen if I want to hook up the tv via hdmi? And would using hdmi transfer both video and sound to my tv from my iMac?
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040



    Since the iMac has mini-dvi connection, then mini-dvi to DVI connection then use 3.5mm sound cable Male to Male for the audio on the external screen...
  3. shoolie thread starter macrumors member

    May 15, 2008
    I don't like to have too many cables all over the place so I was wondering if there was a way to use hdmi cables, so that I dont need to run seperate cables for the audio.
  4. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    no, there isn't a way to run a HDMI cable from an iMac, and still get sound. The easiest way to do this, is order a mini DVI to DVI cable, and connect the tv to the iMac that way. If you want sound you need to get a 3.5 inch male to male audio cable.


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